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Time to Let Go of “Witchcraft?”

by Jennifer Emick

Well, some pagans, anyway. The East Bay Express has posted a brief “primer” on [Neo]Paganism which muddies the issues up more than explicate them. The brief article obviously means to describe neopagans, but inappropriately uses the broader term Pagan, an broad category which includes many pre-Wiccan faiths with little or no relationship . . . → Read More: Time to Let Go of “Witchcraft?”

Goatman

In northern Prince Georges County, Maryland, Goatman is described as looking like a creature that is half-man and half-goat with the legs and hooves of a goat, the upper body of a human being, and the horns of a goat. Add a beard you get something much like the ancient Greek and Roman god of . . . → Read More: Goatman

Magic – past and present

Magic in Babylon and Persia: The earliest documented ancient nation who knew magic were probably the Chaldeans, a Semitic Babylonian tribe who lived in the estuaries of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers. The Babylonians worshipped idols that represented the stars. They believed that all natural phenomena, as well as human fate, are under the . . . → Read More: Magic – past and present

Hidden power of ‘the black book’

by Anne Polta

Even in modern-day Norway, skepticism and superstition still linger around “the black book.” When Kathleen Stokker traveled to Norway to research folk medicine practices, she was surprised to learn the extent to which it persists in the national psyche. The black book is “much more a part of Norwegian culture than most . . . → Read More: Hidden power of ‘the black book’

Von Balthasar’s occultism

By William J. Cork

…It nevertheless remains unproven how a ‘penetration’ into pagan or Kabbalistic ‘secret teachings’ could bring ‘new life’ into Christianity. Valentin Tomberg (1900-1973), a Russian emigre, was the “Anonymous” author of Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey into Christian Hermeticism, written in 1967, but published over a decade after his death. . . . → Read More: Von Balthasar’s occultism

United Church Calls for a Full National Apology to First Nations

TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE–(CCNMatthews – March 29, 2007) – Nothing less than a full national apology by the Canadian government to Canada’s Aboriginal peoples is acceptable, says The United Church of Canada. The church’s statement was released today in response to comments made earlier this week by Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice indicating that the . . . → Read More: United Church Calls for a Full National Apology to First Nations

Chaplains help Canadian Pagan soldiers

By JOHN COTTER

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – From jokingly advising Wiccan soldiers to keep their clothes on when celebrating the spring equinox to coaxing troops to talk about the trauma of surviving a roadside bomb, Canadian Forces chaplains are in Afghanistan for everyone. Maj. Malcolm Berry smiles as he recalls being approached on the NATO base . . . → Read More: Chaplains help Canadian Pagan soldiers

Blossoming garden trends: no-mow lawns, native plants

Stephen Weir

In the near future, even the most ardent ecologist will be able to guiltlessly green up the lawn and tart up the garden. Living plant walls, backyards that don’t need to be watered and indigenous plants that will stay in bloom until the snow flies are just a few of the tools . . . → Read More: Blossoming garden trends: no-mow lawns, native plants

Funds target First Nations education

By Anne Kyle, REGINA — The provincial government is stepping into federal jurisdictional territory by providing on-reserve funding for adult education and post-secondary education.

“We have more jobs than people, we have a population on reserves that is under-educated and under-skilled and so the province made its move in the fall — committing $1.6 million . . . → Read More: Funds target First Nations education

Raising Alexandria

By Andrew Lawler

More than 2,000 years after Alexander the Great founded the city, archaeologists are discovering its fabled remains, from the likely site of Cleopatra’s palace to pieces of an astonishing lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There’s no sign of the grand marbled metropolis founded by Alexander . . . → Read More: Raising Alexandria